I've Got a Feeling

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This article is about the Beatles song. For the Four Tops song, see I Got a Feeling. For the Billy Currington song, see I Got a Feelin' (Billy Currington song). For the Black Eyed Peas song, see I Gotta Feeling.
For other songs, see I Got a Feeling (disambiguation).
"I've Got a Feeling"
Song by the Beatles from the album Let It Be
Released 8 May 1970
Recorded 30 January 1969 (rooftop concert)
Genre Blues rock,[1] hard rock[2]
Length 3:37
Label Apple, EMI
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer Phil Spector
Let It Be track listing

"I've Got a Feeling" is a song by the Beatles, from the 1970 album Let It Be. It is one of the songs on the album from the rooftop concert. It is a combination of two unfinished songs: Paul McCartney's "I've Got a Feeling", and John Lennon's "Everybody Had a Hard Year".


McCartney's song was written for his girlfriend Linda Eastman, whom he soon married, telling her that she was the girl he had always been looking for.[citation needed]

Lennon's song was a litany where every line started with the word "everybody". The song had been recorded twice before by Lennon, prior to the Let It Be sessions. The first occurred in early December 1968 at Lennon's Kenwood estate on a portable cassette tape.[3] For this, the lyric was "Everyone had a hard year" instead of the later "Everybody".[3] Later in December 1968, with the lyric changed to "everybody," Lennon was filmed performing the song in the back garden of Kenwood. This footage was used in the Yoko Ono art film Rape: Film No. 6, which was broadcast on Austrian National Television on 31 March 1969.[4]

While McCartney's song was very optimistic, Lennon had actually had a hard year—he divorced his wife, Cynthia Lennon, his girlfriend Yoko Ono had a miscarriage, he was arrested for drug possession, and he had grown deeply unhappy in the Beatles.

In the film Let It Be, Lennon jokingly claimed he had written "Everybody Had a Hard Year" the night before.

Cover versions[edit]

Billy Preston, who played keyboards on the Beatles recording covered the song on his Encouraging Words album.

The fictional band BECK (Mongolian Chop Squad) covered this song in the 2004 Japanese anime and manga Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, and it was released on their self-titled album. The band is seen performing the song in the anime, between episodes 23 and 24, where vocalist/rhythm guitarist Yukio "Koyuki" Tanaka goes up on stage to perform the song and is slowly joined by the other members of the then-falling apart band.

Serbian new wave band Električni orgazam released a cover version of the song as a B-side of their first single "Konobar". Another version of the song was released on their debut album. The band often performs the song live. It has been featured on several of their live releases.

Brazilian rock singer Cássia Eller included part of the lyrics of "I've Got a Feeling" in the beginning and in the end of Por Enquanto.

The Fifth Dimension also covered the song. Their version can be heard on their 1975 album Earthbound.

Pearl Jam covered the song and it is featured as an extra track on Japanese releases of Ten; the band played the song around 25 times during their live shows between 1991 and 1994 and once in 2004.

Tesla included the song on the 2007 Real to Reel covers album.


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[5]


  1. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Let It Be - The Beatles". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Winn, John C. (2009). That Magic Feeling. New York: Three Rivers Press. p. 230-231. ISBN 0307452395. 
  4. ^ Winn, John C. (2009). That Magic Feeling. New York: Three Rivers Press. p. 235. ISBN 0307452395. 
  5. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). p. 332. ISBN 1-84413-828-3. 

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